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SkillsUSA Names Nation’s Top Collision and Refinish Students

Next generation of collision repair technicians and painters wins gold, silver and bronze medals in national skills competition.


SkillsUSA returned to Kansas City on June 23-27, 2012 for its 48th
annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career
and technical education students.

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More than 15,000 students,
teachers, education leaders and representatives from more than 1,100
national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions
participated in the event with 94 hands-on skill and leadership

Hundreds of automotive students gathered there for a showdown for all the gold. Armed with their tool boxes and spray guns, they represented the top collision repair and automotive refinishing students from around the country.

When the dust cleared, four students claimed the gold medals, taking home the country’s top honors in their competitions, along with scholarships, prize money and new tools.
Automotive Refinishing Technology
The automotive refinishing technology competition included surface preparation, spray gun operation, paint mixing, matching and applying, solving paint application problems, determining finish defects, causes and cures, and utilizing safety precautions. The winners were:
Spencer Cook (Gold) – High School
Mid-Coast School of Technology      
Rockland, Maine                                                                     
Derek Meehl (Gold) – Postsecondary
Saint Cloud Technical College
Saint Cloud, Minn.
James Chesser (Silver) – High School               
Lewis & Clark Career Center            
Saint Charles, Mo.               
Aaron Dressler (Silver) – Postsecondary
Penn College of Tech
Williamsport, Pa.
Nathan Aguiar (Bronze) – High School
Diman RVTHS       
Fall River, Mass.      
Jessica Crowley (Bronze) – Postsecondary
College of Western Idaho
Nampa, Idaho
"I plan to initially work on street cars, but would really like to get into custom refinishing," said Meehl. "I’d like to be like Chip Foose."
Collision Repair Technology
In the collision repair competition, students were tasked with straightening, welding, repairing a plastic bumper and conducting a structural analysis. There also was a written test on estimating and structural analysis, plus an ASE exam.
Jason Lucius (Gold) – High School     
Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Tech Center – Sentinel           
Tiffin, Ohio              
John Stanton (Gold) Postsecondary
Kaskaskia College
Centralia, Ill.
Jackson T. Winslett (Silver) – High School        
Alvin High School
Alvin, Texas
Michael Annis (Silver) Postsecondary
Washburn Tech
Topeka, Kan.
James Johnson (Bronze) – High School            
Center of Applied Tech North          
Severn, Md.          
Owen Boyle (Bronze) – Postsecondary

Penn College of Technology
Williamsport, Pa.


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